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Saturday, April 6 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
6L: Image Systems
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In a story, novel, or memoir, an image system is a set of related descriptive details adding up to a larger constellation of sensory information. Image systems are an important but infrequently discussed technique for crafting stories that accumulate meaning and resonate on a subliminal level. These hidden patterns appeal to the deep-rooted human affinity for unity and order, and contribute to a gripping reading experience. But they must be organic to the story in question, and they must be used with subtlety and skill.

In this practical, interactive craft talk, we’ll use passages from modern and classic novelists to illustrate the uses of image systems. We'll discuss ways to recognize and harness material that may already exist within your own work-in-progress to increase its emotional impact.

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Tim Weed

Tim Weed’s short fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing, made the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Shortlist and was a finalist in the short story category for the American Fiction Awards and the International Book Awards. His first novel, Will Poole’s... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Cambridge Room - 4th Floor